Will Hickman has served his last meeting as a Bellaire City Council member before officially resigning from his position one council seat.
Hickman announced his resignation in February after learning that he would be relocating to Calgary, Canada for work.
Hickman is a patent attorney for Shell and will be relocating with his family this month. He plans on returning to Bellaire once the assignment is complete.
Council called a special election for May 14 to fill Hickman’s vacant position one seat.
“I’ve really appreciated your service to Bellaire,” Mayor Cindy Siegel said at the end of the March 7 council meeting. “I think you’ve really worked hard for Bellaire residents.”
Siegel said as a voter, she hopes he’ll consider running for council again once he’s back in Bellaire.
Each council member thanked Hickman for his service at the conclusion of the meeting.
“Best wishes for your fortunately short stay in Calgary,” Councilmember Mandy Nathan said. “We’ll miss you and your family while you’re up there.”
Councilmember Corbett Parker said he appreciated Hickman’s help when he was thinking about running for council and that he dropped everything he was doing to meet with him.
Hickman thanked his family for allowing him the time to serve as well as city staff and council for all the work they’ve done. He also thanked the residents for the many notes of appreciation he’s received for the work he’s done.
“We’ve had every kind of vote, every kind of discussion. I’ve been the only vote,” he said. “We all pick up and move on to the next issue and no one holds any grudges.”
Hickman said he and his family will be back in Bellaire by Christmas.
“You’ll hardly know I’m gone,” he said.